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[post_date] => 2019-02-15 13:25:06
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[post_content] => Two Belgian companies, logistics service provider H Essers and private rail operator Lineas Intermodal, have embarked on a collaboration to provide a direct railfreight service connecting Belgium with Trieste in northern Italy.
H Essers is to use the new link to move its Safebox containers in secured and/or cold chain service to Greece and Turkey. The cargo units are taken by train from Genk to Trieste, and then by ship to the port of Patras, Greece and the ports of Istanbul, Pendik, Izmir and Mersin in Turkey. “This represents not only a nice extension to, but also an optimisation of our existing network. Moreover, the new route is a good example of a synchromodal solution where goods travel as much as 90 per cent over rail and water,” says Gert Bervoets, CEO of H Essers.
As many Safebox containers as possible will be used on the new link. This 45-foot container was specially developed for H Essers’ secured/cold-chain transports, focused on the three strategic markets of the company: chemicals, pharmaceuticals and high-value products. They are electronically locked and monitored 24/7 from the company’s control tower, allowing H Essers to intervene quickly if necessary.
In addition, part of the Safebox container fleet is equipped with temperature control, making it possible for the control tower to monitor the cooling units so that temperature-sensitive goods can be transported unescorted to Greece and Turkey.
FIRST OF ITS KIND
The new line is the very first direct railway link from Belgium to this important hub on the Adriatic Sea. Lineas Intermodal set up the routes between Euro Terminal Genk, near the headquarters of H Essers, and Samer Terminal in Trieste. “The open train is able to transport both containers and trailers. Initially, there will be two trips per week, later three,” says Sam Bruynseels of Lineas Intermodal.
“The new rail and waterway connection to Greece and Turkey allows us to eliminate 9,000 road transports each year,” says Bervoets, explaining the network. “It is a sustainable solution that makes it possible for us to meet the fast-growing demand of our customers in this area.”
Bruynseels agrees: “With one-ninth of the CO2
emissions, one sixth of the energy consumption and one eighth of the air pollution, rail is an indispensable asset for making our transport sector climate-friendly, as well as tackling the increasing problem of congestion. This is the kind of synchromodality we need.”
As well as products, such as pharmaceuticals, that demand temperature control, H Essers will also be using the new link to move chemicals. “We are able to handle almost all classes of dangerous goods, including liquid bulk transport from tank container specialist Huktra, which was recently taken over by H Essers,” says Bervoets.
Lineas is one of the largest private railfreight providers and door-to-door logistics firms in Europe; it is owned by the private equity group Argos Wityu (69 per cent) in partnership with Belgian National Railway and currently has a fleet of more than 250 locomotives and 7,000 wagons.
H Essers was founded in 1928 but has recently expanded in size and scope through acquisitions and organic growth. It currently has more than 1m m2 of warehouse space, a fleet of 1,320 semi-tractors and 3,120 trailers, 400 Safebox containers and 950 tank containers. Last year it booked turnover of €670m.
[post_title] => Rail: Together to Trieste
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